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Lok Sabha polling in West Bengal on April 24

A massive turnout of voters over 40% till 11 am braving the heat wave currently going on through the state of West Bengal was witnessing today on April 24, 2014. 39.55 per cent of voters exercised their right to vote in Raiganj, 40.55 per cent voted in Balurghat, 42.09 per cent of the electorate cast their votes in Malda North, 42.89 per cent in Malda South, 44.25 per cent in Jangipur and 45.55 per cent in Murshidabad. Long queues were seen at the various polling stations as nearly 25% of the state’s electorate will cast their votes today. The voters included people of all groups, young, old and greenhorns who turned up in large numbers to exercise their democratic right for selecting their lawmakers from Jangipur, Murshidabad, Malda North, Malda South, Balurghat and Raiganj as polling began at 7 am IST.

A gigantic electorate of 83311287 is eligible to select their Lok Sabha MPs from among 78 candidates in the fray through the 9755 polling stations set up in four districts of West Bengal. The four main political parties that are vying for the 42 seats in the state are Trinamul Congress, Left Front, Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party. The prominent candidates in this phase of elections in West Bengal are Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury from Malda South and Deepa Das Munsi from Raiganj and Abhijit Mukherjee from Jangipur all of whom are Congress candidates. Soumitra Roy of Malda North and Arpita Ghosh from Balurghat are Trinamul nominees while CPI-M has Md. Salim from Raiganj and BJP has Nimu Bhaumik from Raiganj. This is the belt which is vital for the Congress as they are in a fight to regain the five seats that they had won in 2009 which seems a bleak possibility now. Four constituencies of Bengal had voted on April 17 with the next three phase of polling scheduled on April 30 for nine seats, May 7 for six seats concluding on May 12 for 17 constituencies.

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